04:59PM, Thursday 02 June 2016
The home of a Windsor archery club which has been described as an ‘over-sized garden shed’ is set to be transformed as part of a £123,000 redevelopment.
For more than 65 years, members of the Windsor Forest Bowmen have had to put up with a basic wooden clubhouse at their Home Park headquarters.
Their current home has no toilets, no disabled access and only had electricity installed three years ago.
But that all looks set to change after the club announced on Sunday it has been awarded a grant of £74,030 from Sport England to build a new pavilion.
Club chairman Chris Johnston, 54, from Iver Heath, said: “We’ve got a waiting list as long as my arm for people to join but we can’t accommodate them as members because we don’t have any more space to store our targets.
“We could quadruple the size of the club with the new centre.”
The new-look clubhouse will be a raised structure with disabled access so the club can continue to cater for all its members.
It will also be renamed The Duke of Edinburgh Archery Centre after members wrote to Prince Philip seeking his consent to have the new structure named in his honour.
As well as the grant from Sport England, £24,000 was raised by the club while it also received a £15,000 sport’s grant from the Royal Borough and £5,000 from the Southern Counties Archery Society.
If work on the project begins as planned in August, the club says it hopes the new clubhouse will be ready by October.
Windsor MP Adam Afriyie welcomed the news. He said “Windsor Forest Bowmen have been a much-loved institution for more than 60 years.
“It’s great to hear they have been awarded this Sport England grant which will enable them to open up to even more sportsmen and women.”
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